Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Israel Tests Sea-Launched LORA Missile...could privateers make a comeback?

via Defense Update.
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has successfully completed a firing trial with the Long-Range Artillery weapon system (LORA), marking as part of the demonstration and validation phases of the system, under a number of procurement programs involve the system. On this experiment, the missile was launched from a cargo ship toward a target at sea.

LORA is an artillery weapon system which consists of a long-range, tactical ground-to-ground missile developed by IAI’s MALAM division. It is intended for strike scenarios with a range of up to 400 km and boasts a precision range better than 10 meters.
Story here. 

This is the second time we're seeing a missile system being launched from a cargo ship and I don't think its a coincidence or a matter of convenience.  A
few years ago the Russians made a big show of demonstrating how missiles in shipping containers could be fired from both cargo ships, rails and trucks at unsuspecting targets.

Now the Israelis are doing it with a long range rocket?

Is someone is the Navy, Marine Corps or Army considering the possibility that they could soon take fire from a disguised cargo ship with its hold filled with land attack missiles?  Could the return of the privateers catch us off guard?

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